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Oct 25, 2012 04:39 PM

fun, casual birthday dinner

Suggestions for a foodie birthday dinner location either in Mid-City or Westside that would be affordable... ~$10-15 per person without drinks?

Friendly place for older adults (i.e. not too loud)

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  1. How about Korean? Soot Bull Jeep or Ham Ji Park?

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Mid city or west side was the location suggested.

      How about Musha for izakaya? $10-15 doesn't go very far on the westside....
      Or there may be other izakaya places closer to the 405 or east that will fit your budget....

      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

        never got out of musha anywhere near that budget. basically the budget would need to be doubled.
        also, musha cannot be said to be "not too loud" because the tables are jammed practically on top of each other.

        1. re: westsidegal

          If your party is 6 or more, you can reserve the tatami room (no extra charge), which is quiet and delightful for a party.. Love Musha and highly recommend it, but agree that it would be difficult to manage on that budget. I've eaten very well there w/ ample amounts of food for about $20 a person (not including drinks), but don't think you can get much lower than that.

          1. re: westsidegal

            Agree with both. Love Musha. Never managed to reserve the room or fit the food in $10-15. Also, can be smokey at times. I already recommended Pizzicato today. In Brentwood and you can give it a shot. Probably around $15 per person but you get an authentic italian feel and I always feel that I really should have paid more for the food I got.

      2. Super casual (so casual it has a drive-through for takeout), but great food and within your price range:

        Sunny Grill in Mar Vista (near Venice & Inglewood) - Best Gyros on the Westside, and arguably in all of L.A.! Atmosphere: Conversation-friendly. They have al fresco seating also.

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        1. re: J.L.

          "Sunny Grill in Mar Vista (near Venice & Inglewood) - Best Gyros on the Westside, and arguably in all of L.A.! "

          Someone other than I has actually tried (and liked) them? Will wonders never cease! ;-D>

          1. re: Servorg

            Their gyros and fries are great! Really fresh Greek salad also. And who can say no to an Oreo milkshake?

            Would you like me to write up Sunny Grill as a separate pictorial review? 'Cuz you know it'll no longer be our little secret... ;-)

            1. re: J.L.

              Go for it. Here's my first post about it back in 2010, and then a little thread actually developed over time:

        2. what time?
          what day of week?
          would thai food be acceptable?
          would persian food be acceptable?

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            1. re: westsidegal

              saturday evening for 6 people.
              i'm not a huge fan of persian... thai and pretty much everything else would be good.

              1. re: veee

                Plan Check would work. Great food and drinks and in your price range,

                1. re: wienermobile

                  But it can be loud when crowded, if you go, go off peak hours....

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    Or just sit outside on the patio if noise is an issue for you.